Endorsed by The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), the project aims to review and scope the key issues facing sociology education across the higher education sector.
The Australian Learning and Teaching Council (formerly the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Limited)
The key findings were that while sociology is widely taught, it is not as widely publicised as it could be. The identity of the discipline is complex, and this poses a challenge for teaching. Teachers of sociology also face difficulties in the current environment of higher education. The project will provide an evidence-based foundation for future investigations and interventions to improve educational quality in the discipline.
Findings were presented at the 2009 TASA Annual Conference and a report, Teaching Sociology in Australia: A Report to the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, was released at the conference.
Key RMIT researchers: Helen Marshall